Hazard reduction burn planned for Shoalhaven's Parma Creek Nature Reserve

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is planning a hazard reduction burn in Parma Creek Nature Reserve north-west of Tomerong on the south coast on 13 March, weather permitting.

Georges River National Park hazard reduction burn

The aim of the planned 10-hectare burn is to treat naturally accumulated fuel loads in the park and to improve protection of the reserve and neighbours from future bushfires.

This hazard reduction will also provide firefighters with safe zones and access where they can defend properties, should a bushfire occur.

During the burn smoke may be visible from Tomerong and surrounding areas. Local roads, including the Princes Highway, may also be impacted by smoke so motorists are advised to take care if there is reduced visibility and drive to conditions. People vulnerable to smoke are encouraged to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows closed to reduce exposure.

This burn is one of many hazard reduction operations undertaken by NPWS each year, often with assistance from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW. All burns around the state are coordinated with the NSW Rural Fire Service to ensure the impact on the community is assessed at a regional level.

People with known health conditions can sign up to receive air quality reports, forecasts and alerts via email or SMS from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

For health information relating to smoke from bushfires and hazard reduction burns visit NSW Health or Asthma Australia.